Police search for cabbie that picked up victim before Wednesday's hit-and-run

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:49pm
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Livia Rose Smith

Traffic investigators at the Metro Nashville Police Department are trying to identify the cab driver they believe picked up 32-year-old Livia Rose Smith outside of an East Nashville bar early Wednesday morning.

Police have said that Smith was found lying in the road on the 2600 block of Barclay Drive at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday and that she may have been the victim of a hit and run, a prospect police say is supported by autopsy results released Thursday.

Smith suffered a head injury and abrasions to her knees and hands, but police have not determined why she was in the roadway.

Police say the cab driver drove a yellow van. The driver is wanted for questioning regarding information about Smith’s whereabouts during the Wednesday morning hours of Wednesday.

Police urge anyone with information regarding Smith’s death or the identity of the cabbie to call the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 2/22/13 at 5:32

If it was a legitimate cab, there should be a record of a fare being picked up at that address.

By: dargent7 on 2/23/13 at 1:23

How sad.
Dead at 5:10am...probably left the bar after closing..(?)
Walking home because she was too drunk to drive?
The detective assigned should piece this one together quickly.

By: BellaB on 2/23/13 at 11:09

So the cab driver has disappeared, that sounds suspicious. Seems to me, it wasn't a hit and run !! Why can't the police figure this out, so the family can get some answers.

By: govskeptic on 2/25/13 at 6:04

darg:7: You may or may not be correct on time left the bar. The time frame found
doesn't mean anything toward the time attacked or hit, only that daylight was approaching. Too drunk to drive? What a mind reader you are so far away.

By: holdencaufield on 2/25/13 at 10:22

dargent7: do you recognize what the point of this article even is? She wasn't driving - she apparently called a cab that gave her a ride home from the Village Pub earlier that evening ... hence: "Police search for cabbie that picked up victim before Wednesday's hit-and-run."

How police have not found the cab driver yet is astounding. There was a phone call .... to a cab company .... likely made from her cell phone, a phone at the Village Pub, a friend, or worker at the Pub.

Look at receipts and see what time she cashed out - the window of time and cross-section of people that encountered her or was meeting her are narrow.

Very unfortunate and sad - hopefully this will be resolved quickly so there is closure.

By: dargent7 on 2/25/13 at 3:51

Ok, Kojack, et. al. She's found DEAD at 5: 10am. In the street.
Anyone pass by a person laying in the street and NOT call 9/11?
So, she was hit around 5:00am or before.
The cabbie who picked her up knows the bar...get the bar tab to know how much she drank, others who bought her drinks...etc. The bartender will know.
Look at survellience to see if she left with someone.
So single woman is going to walk around in the dark at 5:00 AM.
I'm not saying she did anything wrong.
But, in today's society, you cannot act like it's the 50's and safe.

By: Badbob on 2/26/13 at 7:24

And so, maybe strict licensing and control of cab companies and drivers is more important than we thought. Maybe we don't want to become like some other places where women are not safe in cabs at night.